Dog dies after falling into ditch in Rochester
Jackie and Abbi Rossiter
A family whose beloved dog fell to its
death is warning others about a dangerous ditch.
Mum-of-two Jackie Rossiter was out
walking her pet, Maggie, when the Staffordshire bull terrier ran
into bushes and didn’t return.
After hours of searching in the
darkness, Jackie, of Hill Road, Rochester, went home imagining
Maggie would turn up.
But at 6am the following day her
dog still hadn’t appeared, so Jackie and her partner Jim Ashton
started searching again.
She said: “At first I just thought
she was missing, but it wasn’t until the next day when we started
looking and went through the broken fence and bushes that we
realised what had happened.”
Behind the bushes was a “severe
drop” into a disused moat, where two-year-old Maggie’s body was
Jackie said: “We were all
absolutely devastated and angry when we found Maggie had fallen to
“The drop is bigger than a house
from top to bottom and we had no idea it was there, even though it
is right near our house. There are no signs or anything saying what
lies behind this broken fence.”
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